Each academic year, B'nai Israel hosts a student from Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion. These students visit 1-2 times a month to conduct services and other activities, while gaining experience in serving a congregation.
2017-2018 : Deborah Goldberg
Deborah Goldberg grew up in Deerfield, Illinois, and spent her summers as a camper and staff member at URJ Camp OSRUI in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. Prior to starting rabbinical school at HUC-JIR, Deborah served as the Teen Programs Coordinator at the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs in Chicago, Illinois. In this role, she managed all aspects of JCUA's teens social justice program, Or Tzedek. Before working for JCUA, Deborah was an Eisendrath Legislative Assistant at the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism in Washington, D.C. Deborah graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 2013 with majors in history and political science. When she's not working or studying, Deborah can be found hiking through a national park or reading a good book. She is so excited to get to know everyone in the B'nai Israel community throughout this next year!
2016-2017 : Zachary Goodman
Zachary Goodman was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin, the alma mater of both his parents and older twin sisters. He received a BA in Judaic Studies as well as a Certificate of Business Administration. Zachary loves watching sports, reading historical fiction, and playing a number of instruments. He also enjoys traveling, playing golf (poorly), and stand-up comedy. Growing up, Zachary found his passion for Jewish Learning and Peoplehood as a member of the youth group, BBYO. He has enjoyed giving back to this organization over the years since graduating high school. After rabbinical school, Zachary plans on taking a congregational position as a pulpit rabbi as well as pursuing a Masters of Business Administration. He is looking forward to getting to know everyone in the B'nai Israel community.